Sep - Oct 2010

Duke is expanding its presence abroad at an increasingly rapid pace. New partnerships in countries like China, Singapore, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates aim to increase scholarly mobility and, along with it, fresh ideas and new research opportunities.
As Durham’s summer unmistakably asserts itself in late June, the books are finally packed, and L. Gregory Jones is moving out of the office he’s... Read more
Sparking scientific curiousity: Alexandra Paul and Daniel Jung master the art of pipetting. Megan Morr
Project WILD, Duke’s oldest pre-orientation program, has a well-honed gear list. The list goes out to the not-quite-yet freshmen who sign on for two... Read more
Building a case: CEHI maps overlay demographic data, property-tax records, and health information to determine at-risk neighborhoods. In details from individual maps, left, more specific data emerge about households receiving public assistance (green), children under six living in poverty (purple), and racial breakdown of owners and renters (brown).
Last fall, Durham County health director Gayle Harris faced a thorny question: How do you get a confused and suspicious public inoculated against... Read more
What's the buzz? Slate of candidates for 1970 Homecoming Queen, including John Terrell, far right. Duke University Archives
Homecoming 1970 took place on a glorious fall afternoon with mild temperatures, light breezes, and high spirits. On October 31, in Wallace Wade... Read more

Sep - Oct 2010

Departments

Biblio-file

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Athanasius Kircher was a true Renaissance man, a polymath. A biography of him, published in 2004, was subtitled The Last Man Who Knew Everything. Kircher, a Jesuit scholar who was born in Geisa in...

Forum

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As an avid fisherman and outdoors writer born long before the days of sunscreen awareness, it was probably inevitable that I would end up with skin cancer. What’s more fortunate is that I live...
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Your “Saving Face” article [May-June 2010] describes important work being done by Dr. Jonathan Cook and the Duke Mohs Surgery Unit, but two accompanying tables (“Are You at Risk?” and “What Cost...
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I suppose periodically you receive letters like the following; perhaps it is time for another.My time at Duke in the early ’50s is unabashedly dated: multiple big bands; bowl games (!); “preppy”...
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Not to take anything away from the Snapshot article [May-June 2010] about Duke grad student Ken Ilgunas’ attempt to save money and live as simply as the legendary Henry David Thoreau, but I would...
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Joel McGinley’s broadside against the former Duke parapsychologist J.B. Rhine in the May-June [2010] issue is riddled with misstatements of fact.Rhine’s statistics were validated by the president of...
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I enjoyed your interview with professor Dubois about the World Cup [Q&A, May-June 2010], but he neglected the fact that South America is the other major force in each World Cup and in soccer...
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In Gazette, May-June 2010, a photograph accompanying an article about the regeneration of cardiac cells in zebrafish showed the wrong fish. An image of a lionfish (Pterois mombasae) was mistakenly...

Campus Observer

  • Multimedia man: George troubleshoots tech problems on the go. Jon Gardiner
Stacks of broken projectors, four boxes of expired projector bulbs, a desktop, a laptop, VCRs, and hooks draped with VGA, RCA, Ethernet, and USB cables and extension cords are crowded into a ten-...

Syllabus

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"When bankers get together, they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money,” says Hans Van Miegroet, paraphrasing Oscar Wilde.Van Miegroet’s course “Art and Markets” has broad...

Retrospective

  • Tobacco transformation: Former American Tobacco facility, above, gets second life as office, commercial, and social hub, below. Duke University Archives
In 1890, James B. Duke organized the American Tobacco Company out of the family business—W. Duke, Sons, and Company—and other tobacco interests they had acquired. This new conglomerate expanded to...

Alumni Register

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DukeReads, an interactive, online book discussion group led by a university faculty member or administrator, returns for its fourth year with a list of selections that ranges from The Children’s...
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Eason Abbott grew up loving Duke and cheering for the Blue Devils with his father, Michael Abbott M.B.A. ’83. When it came time to consider colleges, Duke was at the top of a short list that also...
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Harold L. “Spike” Yoh Jr. B.S.M.E. ’58 chose Duke for his undergraduate education because of its challenging engineering curriculum and because he wanted to head south for college. Little did he...
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In a Chronicle essay he wrote his senior year, Hardy Vieux ’93 encouraged his peers to take personal responsibility for changing the status quo. The subject of the essay was campus race relations,...
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President Richard H. Brodhead, former trustee Tom Clark ’69, and more than 150 others helped kick off the new Duke LGBT Network in early June at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York.Fine by Duke: ...

Between the Lines

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Project Search, Duke’s newest preorientation program, aims to have Duke’s newest students respond— early and often—to the opportunities of a research university. Duke is home to researchers who “can...

Sports

  • National champion McCrory launches himself off the diving platform. Jon Gardiner
Nick McCrory is standing, arms at his sides, back facing the water, exactly ten meters from the pool. In a moment, he will launch himself backward and grab his lower legs, forcing his body into a...

Books

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Free For All: Fixing School Food in AmericaBy Janet Poppendieck ’67. University of California Press, 2010. 368 pages. $27.50Greasy pizza. Soggy french fries. Flaccid fruit drowning in sugar syrup....
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Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos. Hyperion, 2010. 352 pages.$25.99.Currently teaching at Duke as professor of the practice of English, Hijuelos has written a companion piece to his...

Mini-profiles

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Chicita Forman Culberson Ph.D. ’59 has devoted her career to the painstaking task of cataloguing the chemical diversity of lichens, those drab growths one sees clinging to life on rocks and tree...
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Parents can’t help themselves. They want their children to succeed. But sometimes the best of intentions can thwart a student attempting to find his own way. In her new book, That Crumpled Paper Was...
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Alice Bacharach Sherr was a young girl in Egelsbach, Germany, when Nazi sympathizers broke the windows of her family home and wrote on the fence outside: Hier wohnt ein Jude (A Jew Lives Here)....

Gazette

  • Menancing mitosis: prostate cancer cells undergoing rapid division. Nancy Kedersha/Photo Researchers, Inc.
Men who take statins to lower their cholesterol while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer are 30 percent less likely to see their cancer come back after surgery compared to men who do not use...
  • Rooms of their own: New housing options provide living and social space for women. Les Todd
Two new female-only residential communities opened this fall, marking an increase in student housing options for women at Duke.The Women’s Housing Option, or WHO, community, located in Few...
  • In the groove: Turntable by Fatimah Tuggar, 1996. Fatimah Tuggar
A generation of young adults grew up listening to music on compact discs, and another is coming of age with digital music devices that are smaller than a deck of cards. But a new exhibition at the...
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In the first half of the past decade, personal computers became commonplace in many American homes. They were supposed to bring benefits in education and close the achievement gap between students...
  • Go with the flow: Lozier's work challenges conventional conveyer-belt theory, shown above. Reprinted with permission from AAS
For decades, oceanographers have embraced the idea that Earth’s ocean-overturning currents operate like a giant conveyor belt, continuously transporting deep, cold polar waters toward the equator...
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During the summer session, undergraduates were offered two courses online, a first for Duke. The courses were aimed at students who left campus for the summer but sought alternative ways to earn...
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When students returned to campus this fall, they found it easier to get from campus to downtown shops, dining, and entertainment, thanks to a new free bus service run by the city in partnership with...
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Environmental and energy studies at Duke have a new home on campus, thanks to renovations on the first floor of Gross Chemical Laboratory, or Gross Chem, that took place this summer. Dubbed the...
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Two new members joined the board of trustees in July: Laurene M. Sperling ’78, president of the Sperling Family Charitable Foundation, and Hope Morgan Ward ’73, M.Div. ’78, a United Methodist bishop...
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Twenty years ago, artist Wendy Ewald began exploring how children view themselves. She gave them cameras and asked them to take self-portraits and use them as catalysts for verbal and written...
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While French artists were creating Cubist works and Italian artists were combining politics and color into Futurist paintings, a small but powerful movement known as Vorticism was taking hold in...
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Over the summer, Robert Calderbank, a professor of electrical engineering and mathematics and the former director of the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University,...
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This summer, allegations surfaced that Duke cancer researcher Anil Potti had misrepresented his academic credentials on research grant applications. In response to this and to questions about his...

Q&A

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People are angry about BP’s role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the subsequent massive oil spill. Gavan Fitzsimons, R. David Thomas Professor of marketing and psychology at the Fuqua School...

Student Snapshot

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Heather Heenehan M.E.M. ’11 still remembers a certain trip to the beach quite vividly. She was only three at the time, and caught a glimpse of dolphin fins in the water. “My little legs kicked off,...

Gallery

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A fine example of late medieval sculpture from the Brummer Collection of Medieval Art, this figure was once part of a large altar piece that was likely in a liturgical space. The sculptor has...